updated 7/31/2006 7:09:11 AM ET 2006-07-31T11:09:11

A 43-year-old man died Sunday while running the San Francisco Marathon in what appeared to be the first fatality in the race’s 29-year history.

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William Goggins, of San Francisco, collapsed from apparent heart failure as he was approaching the 23-mile mark of the 26.2-mile race, authorities said.

Temperatures in the city were in the mid-60s Sunday, as marathoners ran along the Embarcadero, looped across the Golden Gate Bridge and back, wound through Golden Gate Park and ended near the Ferry Building.

Goggins was one of nearly 15,000 who ran to raise money for cancer research.

Paul Donald, a friend who watched Goggins pass the 21-mile mark in his first marathon, said he seemed to be excellent condition.

“He was in good spirits,” Donald said. “This was something he had set as a goal for himself. He wanted a time that would qualify for the Boston Marathon.”

Jeff Shapiro, medical director for the marathon, said a race spectator gave the man CPR and a medical personnel reached him within moments, but Goggins never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

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